Atlas Crane Service, a national crane, rigging and heavy haul provider, has named Charles Kent as its new chief executive officer. Since 2022, Kent has served as Atlas’ chief operating officer. Atlas’ founder and previous CEO, Zachary Prentis, will continue with Atlas as a member of its Board of Directors.

Charles Kent

In conjunction with Ares Management Infrastructure Opportunities fund’s investment in August 2022, Atlas has continued to expand its geographic footprint and has grown its operating fleet by 20 new cranes. Kent will continue executing Atlas’ national expansion initiatives in both the renewable energy and traditional crane sectors. 

“In working with Charles, I have had the privilege of witnessing his deep knowledge and passion for our industry, in addition to his focus on a culture of operational excellence,” said Prentis. “Whether it be an immediate need in the Chicago market, or a long-term project out-of-state, I am confident Atlas will be well-served by Charles’ strong leadership and capitalize on the significant opportunities ahead. I am excited to continue supporting Charles and Atlas as a member of the Board.”

Kent holds an economics degree from Occidental College and has spent over 20 years in executive and sales roles at other national crane providers.

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